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BANJAAR TOLA

Rates are quoted per person per night sharing

LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON LOW SEASON
1 Jan 2014 - 15 April 2014 16 April 2014 - 30 June 2014 16 October 2014 - 31 December 2014
INR 41 800 INR 25 300 INR 43 600


Includes

Our all inclusive rates for this unique wilderness experience include:

  • Accommodation in charming kutiyas
  • Three delicious meals daily including all teas and coffees
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Refreshments on game-drives
  • 2 scheduled safari activities daily
  • Forest Guide Fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Applicable taxes
  • Laundry

Please note:

  • Rates are per person per night sharing
  • Rates are quoted in INR (Indian Rupees)
  • Rates are seasonal
  • A 50% single supplement is applicable per room
  • Tiger viewing from elephants may be available from the Park authorities. This excursion takes no longer than 20 minutes and is offered in the mornings only.

Accommodation

Guest Accommodation
The tented guest suites at Banjaar Tola are set along the banks of the Banjaar River, overlooking the core area of Kanha National Park, world renowned for its tiger viewing. Designed with a light footprint to protect the surrounding riverine environment, the 18 tented suites are set on raised platforms supported at only seven points on the ground. Wide glass doors open onto private decks overlooking the river, offering panoramic views of the wilderness beyond. Pressed bamboo floors and wall panels combine with fabrics in delicate tones of bleached saffron, forest green and earthy cinnamon to create a light and airy atmosphere. Raw timber furniture, canvas wardrobes, leather detailing and handcrafted furniture made from fallen trees and driftwood give a glamorous camping feel.

Guest Areas
Bastar metal work, hand-printed cloth and intricate stone carvings scattered throughout the camp represent the work of scores of talented artisans. The comfortable guest sitting area is filled with the handicrafts of nearby Chattisgarh, from bastar bell metal structures to tribal metal work. The guest dining and sitting area also features a small interpretive library, crammed full of fascinating information on the region and its wildlife. Guests can browse peacefully in the well-stocked Safari Shop or idle away the hours by the lodge swimming pool. Delicious Indian fare is served on the spacious dining decks, with dramatic river views or in the heart of the sal forest.

A Day At Banjaar Tola

Upon arrival at Jabalpur or Nagpur, you will be warmly welcomed by your chauffeur and whisked away on an air conditioned journey by road to Banjaar Tola.

The Banjaar Tola team will greet you at the lodge entrance with a refreshing drink. A butler will then escort you to your tented suite on the banks of the Banjaar River. Mouthwatering lunch platters are served on the shady pool deck. After lunch, relax on the private veranda of your suite, watching jungle life pass by along the Banjaar River.

Later, at afternoon tea, you will be introduced to your expert &Beyond trained naturalist, who will give you a full orientation of what to expect on your safari drives into the jungle. You will then depart on your afternoon drive in an open 4x4 safari vehicle through the sal and bamboo forests and grassy clearings of Kanha. Witness the region’s rich wildlife, including tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wolf, hyena and jackal, as well as the hardwater barasingha, nilgai, sambar, chital and wild boar. Try your luck at spotting Kanha’s ten Star Birds among the more than 200 bird species in the Park. Pause at sunset point to watch the sun sinking down over the jungle and enjoy a thirst-quenching cocktail.

As you arrive back at the lodge after sunset, ice-cold signature cocktails are waiting to refresh you. Dinner may be served on the spacious jungle deck or even in a surprise jungle setting. Savour delicious Indian cooking, including Haandi dishes served in earthenware pots. After dinner, indulge in decadent desserts, served with tea, coffee or cognac. You will then be escorted back to your tented suite, where you will fall asleep listening to the sounds of the jungle drift across the Banjaar River.

The next morning, your personal wake-up call will include the delivery of freshly squeezed orange juice, tea, coffee and homemade biscuits delivered through the butler hatch for you to enjoy before departing on your morning jungle safari. After a morning filled with adventure, return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. Enjoy freshly squeezed fruit and/or vegetable juice, or get hooked on the traditional Indian lassis! The various platters are laden with toast, jams and marmalades, chutneys, homemade muesli, fresh fruits and assorted cheese. Hot breakfasts are also prepared according to guests’ preferences, with eggs and fresh breads. Or sample some traditional Indian fare: parathas (homemade salted pancakes with potatoes, paneer and cauliflower), poha (flat saffron rice with fresh vegetables), kathi rolls (Indian style wraps stuffed with chicken, lamb or vegetables) or pao bhaji (fresh bread rolls served with tomato and onion).

We hope you will leave Banjaar Tola well rested and already planning your return visit!

Food At Banjaar Tola

Featuring the finest of local ingredients, combined in regional dishes inspired by the community in which it is situated, the food at Banjaar Tola is guaranteed to satisfy the most demanding palate.  Taking its inspiration from the Chhattisgarh region, chefs at Banjaar Tola are constantly expanding their repertoire of traditional dishes.

Guests can sample the delights of Indian cuisine from breakfast, when local delicacies served include kathi rolls filled with cottage cheese, mint and onions, as well as pao bhaji rolls dipped in beans, carrots and potatoes.  Deep fried puffed bread stuffed with onion and potato called raj kachori is served with a fragrant chutney or dip.  Lunches will often include an iced soup, as well as a choice of four salads, a lentil dish, a vegetable dish and a choice of two meat, chicken or vegetarian kebabs, followed by a fresh dessert.

Dinner may be served in the forest, lit by hundreds of lanterns, and accompanied by traditional dancing and singing.  Fresh green salads from the lodge garden are accompanied by chicken roasted in clay, while a thali dinner may feature a selection of regional dishes.  Roasted onions and bell peppers make an appearance alongside chicken cooked with spinach, cloves and black cardamom or prepared with ground spices and sautéed in cinnamon water.  Green lentils, gram flour dumplings and delicious spinach dishes cater for vegetarian tastes.  Dessert may feature pancakes filled with lentils and served with caramelised banana and butterscotch sauce.

Some evenings the lodge chef may invite guests to take part in an impromptu cooking lesson before dinner, when he shows them the traditional Indian spices, familiarising them with their appearance, smell and taste when raw before showing them how to roast, grind and blend them.  Once the basics have been done, the chef will teach the guests how to prepare vegetarian dishes with lentils, fresh paneer cheese and potatoes.


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